PC Attacked: Cannot Access Any Files. Help!

  glasgowguy240 19:40 12 May 2004


I have a Norton Firewall and have been using file sharing program WinMX so my PC has been downloading most of the time. I recently restarted my PC only to be told by Norton that there had been a successful attack on my PC and was advised to uninstall the firewall and then reinstall it.

However, I have encountered big problems. Every time I start up my PC all my files seem to have gone! Also whenever I click START nothing happens at all - no options pop up at all. Also, My Documents doesn't open. When I try I get:

"The My Documents folder could not be found. Right-click the My Documents icon, click Properties and check if the path your target folder location is correct". This does not work.

Also, when accessing My Computer (which is the only thing on my now empty desktop that opens) I cannot see any drives or files and am told:

"Current security settings prohibit running ActiveX controls on this page. As a result, the page may not display correctly"
This happens no matter which folder I try to access. I cannot even see the files inside any folder, let alone access any of them. This is the case for my small C Drive (containing all my programs) and also my D Drive (containing mostly music, vids, work etc.)

Please help me!!! My PC is now totally useless and I fear I have lost all my files completely.

Is there any way I can retreive them and sort all of this without restoring to factory settings??
Also, if I do have to restore to factory settings is there a way to keep all my data on the D Drive? Most of my most important files are on here.

Thanks very much for any help!

System Spec:
Windows ME
Processor: AMD Athlon 1000MHz
Memory: 512MB RAM
Motherboard: 200MHz
C Drive: 20GB
D Drive 120GB

  VoG II 19:45 12 May 2004

Does the Start menu appear if you press the Windows key - usually on the bottom row near Ctrl and Alt.

  woodchip 20:01 12 May 2004

Looks like jet wash. In other words Format and reinstall

'Cos if it does, try pressing Windows key with Break to bring up System Properties... (works on XP, may do on ME...)

  VoG II 20:04 12 May 2004

If they can get to a Run box or into MSDOS they could type


and click OK to run System Restore.

Unlikely to work but worth a shot.

  glasgowguy240 20:13 12 May 2004

Thanks guys will try this out when I have the chance.

Obviously am not on own PC just now as I cannot access internet either.

Would appreciate any more help or advice to try also...

If I do format is it possible to save files on D drive???

Thanks again

  terendak_uk 20:33 12 May 2004

In my naivety I assumed that Norton should have blocked this? Isn't that what the firewall from Norton is supposed to do. Given appropriate settings , of course.

  glasgowguy240 20:36 12 May 2004

I thought so too - I was very shocked that it happened.

  terendak_uk 20:41 12 May 2004

the winmx one, for a long period of time, then you have permitted access?? Would be very interested to hear from one of our experts on this

  VoG II 20:42 12 May 2004

Must have allowed access on the port that winmx uses or nothing would download.

  terendak_uk 20:48 12 May 2004

permitting any port to open( outlook express etc) can open one up to "attack"?I ask because of my naivity in these matters, VoG.... Thanks

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